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Envisioning progress towards the SDGs

Alain Bernard
Industry

Pushing the boundaries of innovation to drive blue growth

Alain Bernard

Director, DEME

DEME continues to explore new horizons, looking for new ways to deploy its knowledge and expertise. Focused on its core strengths, DEME develops innovative solutions addressing global, worldwide challenges that relate to specific SDGs: rising sea levels, a growing population, CO2 emissions, polluted rivers and soils, and the scarcity of mineral resources.

DEME’s policy to develop such innovative solutions for blue growth is to reach out and join forces with partners to work across sectors and disciplines.

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Pushing the boundaries of innovation to drive blue growth

Alain Bernard

Director, DEME

DEME continues to explore new horizons, looking for new ways to deploy its knowledge and expertise. Focused on its core strengths, DEME develops innovative solutions addressing global, worldwide challenges that relate to specific SDGs: rising sea levels, a growing population, CO2 emissions, polluted rivers and soils, and the scarcity of mineral resources.

DEME’s policy to develop such innovative solutions for blue growth is to reach out and join forces with partners to work across sectors and disciplines.

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Karl Vrancken
Research

Building strong foundations for a globally connected circular economy

Karl Vrancken

Research Manager Sustainable Materials, VITO

Circular economy research efforts go far beyond matters of technology. There is no choice, really, as circular economy is indispensable in realising sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Networking and engaging in stakeholder processes have enabled researchers to put circular economy central on the policy agenda. Developing research alliances and learning from local circular economy initiatives help them build a strong basis for implementing smart circular economy practices. By setting up business innovation projects, they encourage entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business models.

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Building strong foundations for a globally connected circular economy

Karl Vrancken

Research Manager Sustainable Materials, VITO

Circular economy research efforts go far beyond matters of technology. There is no choice, really, as circular economy is indispensable in realising sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Networking and engaging in stakeholder processes have enabled researchers to put circular economy central on the policy agenda. Developing research alliances and learning from local circular economy initiatives help them build a strong basis for implementing smart circular economy practices. By setting up business innovation projects, they encourage entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business models.

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